• Coordinating the efforts to protect, sustain, and nurture human life, especially the most vulnerable—at its beginning and at its end.
  • Providing leadership for pro-life education within the Catholic community and within society as a whole.
  • Developing targeted resources for dioceses and parishes, in collaboration with other offices.
  • Assisting the bishops through consultation and development of resources on critical beginning and end-of-life issues.
  • Promoting care and prayer for those involved in these issues (e.g., aid to pregnant women, post-abortion reconciliation, care and support for terminally ill patients and their families).
  • Prayer and Worship directed to participation in the sacramental life of the Church and in programs of communal and individual prayer.
  • The question “Where does one begin?” is easy to answer: “We must begin with a commitment never to intentionally kill, or collude in the killing, of any innocent human life, no matter how broken, unformed, disabled or desperate that life may seem” (Living the Gospel of Life, no. 21).